Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Landgate, Rocky Beach II and Divine

The Landgate :- This is the mighty and impressive Landgate Arch in Rye, a small town in East Sussex, England. Way back in the annals of time Rye was on an island and the only way to and from the mainland at high tide was through this gate. The Landgate dates from around 1329 (during the reign of Edward III) and is the only surviving one of four original fortified entrances to Rye. It once had strong gates, a drawbridge and a portcullis.

Rocky Beach II :- Everything fell just right for me to take this shot. The tide was out, the light was hitting the chalk of the famous "Seven Sisters" cliffs and wispy clouds were making the sky interesting. It was shot on the beach at Hope Gap which is between Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven. An old set of stone steps (built in the late 70's) connect a dip in the land (the lowest point of the cliff) to the beach. If you get your timing right and get there during low tide the beach offers some of the most tremendous views of Cuckmere Haven and "The Seven Sisters".

Divine :- Not many people get to see the interior of St Bartholomew's Church in Brighton from this view point. The church is open daily to the public but the balcony is closed off via a locked door that's to the side. I got talking to one of the volunteers who was taking care of the church and showing people around that day and they were interested in what I was doing with my camera etc. I said I'd email the shots (once processed) I took that day to the church (which I did) and that they could, if they so wished use them for free on their website etc. Much to my surprise the volunteer asked if I'd like to take some shots from high up on the balcony and proceeded to unlock the door for me. So what you are looking at here is the vast interior space of the church. You'll notice that there are no central supporting pillars nor are there any pillars on either side which add to the feeling of space. The church officially opened on 18th September 1874. Just to give you an idea of size and scale of the church the Byzantine style Baldacchino that you see at the far end is 45 feet (13.71 metres) high. The cross that's on the northern wall above the Baldacchino is 30 feet (9.14 meters) high. The church itself is 170 feet (51.81 meters) in length, 59 feet (17.98 meters) wide and has a height of 135 feet (41.14 meters) to the ridge of the roof.

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